Via Vai Cafe in Los Cristianos

Wed, February 8th, 2012 - By Colin

People-watching must be one of the top Tenerife sports and from Puerto de la Cruz in the north to Playa de Las Americas in the south people love to strut their stuff at the beach. Gravity defying pyramids of ice cream, pancakes oozing with syrup, and waffles drowning in cream are the perfect accompaniment and Via Vai at Los Cristianos old beach is a front row venue.

 

Overlapping onto the sand behind the old white house, a pleasing fly in the regeneration ointment, this busy snack bar prides itself on friendly service from staff that have remained constant over 20 years. No PR’s is their boast and “run fast” is their chalk board advice to anyone meeting such enticers. There are two menus, one for basic snacks like rolls, sandwiches, and home made Italian pizza and the other that unleashes the calories that simply don’t count on holiday or when you fancy a treat.

There’s a lot going on, staff crossing the Paseo Maritmo as cyclists whiz by and a constant stream of wandering minstrels and Lookie Lookie men but that’s a small price to pay for views of the La Gomera ferries doing hand brake turns into the port.

Half of the counter area is dedicated to a rainbow selection of ice creams for take away cornets and bowls bound for the tables. Fresh fruit drinks and smoothies mingle with milk shakes and there’s an array of special coffees, the Hungaria with its Gran Marnier and cream is a personal favourite.

What about a pancake? Quita Penas (don’t worry) may have rum, tiramisu and cream but the raisins must count in your five a day so that’s your conscience clear. The waffles (gofres) make a nice change, cream and nutella is a good combination but you can mix and match to satisfy your craving of the day.

In the day Via Vai is a suntrap and a good catch-up point after returning from the sports and pleasure boat trips. At night it’s a handy stop off from promenading and enjoying the lights across the bay. Go on, sink into a dessert that imitates the nearby Guaza mountain as your seat sinks slowly into the sand.

Posted : Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 10:25 am
Category : food and drink
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